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Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held Fallujah — commanders

Inquirer Breaking News - 44 min 59 sec ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq --- Iraqi forces entered the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group bastion of Fallujah from three directions on Monday in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city, commanders said.   "Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under air cover from the international coalition, the Iraqi air force and army aviation and supported by artillery and tanks, said Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the commander in charge of the operation.   "Counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces, the Anbar police and the Iraqi army, at around 4 am (0100 GMT), started moving into Fallujah from three directions," he said.   "There is resistance from Daes...

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 6 recap

Inquirer Breaking News - 53 min 54 sec ago
    Last week's episode gave us a huge heartbreak after Hodor's death. We were craving to know what happens next and thankfully, "Blood of My Blood" has the answers. Bran Stark was still lost in his visions while Meera Reed was hauling him away from the cave. The wights found them and before they got killed, a mysterious man, covered in veil and cloak, came galloping on horseback and took down the living corpses with fire. On their way to Horn Hill, Samwell Tarly and Gilly were discussing how they would face his family. The couple heaved a sigh of relief when they were welcomed by Samwell's mother wholeheartedly. However, during the family dinner, Samwell's f...

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NBI accused of extortion by arrested anti-narc cop

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been accused of extortion and planting of evidence by an anti-narcotics officer it arrested last week for his involvement in illegal drug trade. In his counter-affidavit submitted before the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday, Police Officer 2 Jolly Aliangan said agents from the NBI asked him to give them P6.9 million so that the case against him and his wife, Rosalie, would be dropped. "I was asked by the alleged NBI agents to give them the P6.9 million and they will lift my case and will not implead my wife, Rosalie," Aliangan said in his affidavit. Aliangan and his wife werearrested by NBI operatives last week. The NBI sei...

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Cayetano says 15 senators backing his presidency in Senate

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 4 min ago
The numbers game for the Senate presidency has started with Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano saying that at least 15 senators have already committed to support him while Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III claims that 18 have given their commitment to another contender.   The Senate has only 24 members.   "Kung ngayon ang election, there are more than 15 or there are about 15 that have committed, but as I've said hindi naman ngayon ang election...," Cayetano said in an interview at the Senate on Monday.   Cayetano said some of these senators already signed a resolution backing him as Senate President, while others only gave their commitment pen...

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Robredo asks supporters for continued support

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 22 min ago
A few hours before her proclamation as the elected vice president, Ma. Leonor "Leni" Robredo appealed to her supporters to continue to stay on her side for the next six years.   "Sabi ko malayo ang ating nilakbay. Hindi po ito ang pagtatapos ng paghingi sa inyo ng tulong. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Poong Maykapal na hindi nio ako iniwan hanggang sahuli. Hinihiling ko ang patuloy niyong pagtulong sa akin," she said after a thanksgiving Mass on Monday held at St. Peter's Church in Quezon City.   READ: Leni Robredo is Vice President   (As I said, we have had a long journey. This is not the end of my seeking your help. I thank God that you stayed by my side...

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Beijing tracking the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 50 min ago
BEIJING, China --- These days, when people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country's rapidly growing elderly population.   The data amassed with each swipe of the multi-purpose "Beijing Connect" old person's card goes into a massive database of the elderly in the capital. City authorities hope the information will enable them to better cope with their burgeoning population of over-60s, which already stands at 3 million.   Though geared toward the elderly, the program demonstrates how China more broadly is using big data to better...

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Admin official ordered us to manipulate votes—alleged witnesses

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Three alleged poll fraud witnesses who claimed they were used to manipulate the votes in the last May 9 national elections showed up at the Senate on Monday.   Their faces were covered when they faced the media to expose their roles in the alleged fraud.   One of the witnesses, who described himself as a logistic supervisor, said a high-ranking government official who he said belongs to the administration's Liberal Party had ordered them to manipulate the results of the votes.   The witnesses were accompanied by Pastor Saycon, secretary-general of the Council on Philippine Affairs (Copa), during an ongoing press conference at the Senate. RAM/rga RELATE...

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China devalues yuan at over five-year low against dollar

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 3 min ago
SHANGHAI, China --- China's central bank on Monday set the value of the yuan currency at a more than five-year low against the US dollar, according to the national foreign exchange market, in a pattern of weakness in anticipation of higher US interest rates.   The People's Bank of China put the yuan -- also known at the renminbi (RMB) -- at 6.5784 to $1.0, down 0.45 percent from its fix on Friday, according to data from the China Foreign Exchange Trade System. The level was the lowest level since February 2011.   China only allows the yuan to rise or fall two percent on either side of the daily fix, one of the ways it maintains control over the currency. &nbs...

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105-bed QualiMed hospital opens in Bulacan

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 13 min ago
THE AYALA Land Inc. (ALI)-Mercardo consortium unveiled on Monday a 105-bed general hospital at Altaraza Town Center in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, the first brand-new full-service hospital under the QualiMed healthcare network to be built in Luzon. The establishment of QualiMed Hospital in Ayala Land's 100-hectare Altaraza - thefirst masterplanned estate in San Jose del Monte - is seen to complete and enhance the quality of life in this development and the communities within and near Bulacan, the property developer said. "QualiMed Hospital -- San Jose Del Monte in Altaraza has the quality service, ambience, and medical capabilities of a premier city hospital, but at a more afford...

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Palace: Let Duterte decide where to stay

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 15 min ago
A Malacaang official said on Monday that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should be allowed to decide where tostay after he said that he didnot want to live in the presidential palace in Manila.   "Let the incoming President decide on the most appropriate lodging arrangement that works best for him," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in text message to reporters.   READ:Duterte: My work at Malacaang starts at 1 p.m.|Duterte opts for simple Malacaang inauguration   In a press conference in Davao City on Saturday, Duterte said that in his first few months in office, he would commute daily from Manila to Davao.   He said that he...

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Oil dips as dollar rallies on news of possible US rate hike

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
SINGAPORE, Singapore---Oil prices dipped in Asia Monday after comments from the US central bank head implying interest rates will rise but traders are pinning their hopes on a tightening global market ahead of an OPEC meeting this week. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Friday said the US economy is improving enough to support an interest rate increase "probably in the coming months", raising the possibility of a rate hike in June or July. The dollar was up against all major currencies as markets digested the news. A stronger greenback makes dollar-priced oil more expensive, denting demand and hurting prices. In Canada, Suncor Energy Inc has restarted production which has b...

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Japanese student cries rape; Baguio suspect found dead

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
BAGUIO CITY-- A Japanese student reported being raped at a Baguio motel on Sunday (May 29), but responding police discovered her alleged rapist dead from hanging in an apparent suicide, the Cordillera police said on Monday(May 30). The 21-year-old student fled from a room of the Nova Lodge before Sunday noontime, and telephoned friends about the sexual abuse committed allegedly by 26-year-old taxi driver Ferdinand Pasuli Jr. When the Baguio police were called in, a team deployed to the motel at 3:50 p.m. discovered Pasuli's remains hanging from a shower pipe. The taxi driver was strangled by two black shoe laces, which were looped around his neck, police said. Investigators...

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Davao Oriental town police chief seized, cop hurt in NPA attack

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:30
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- Suspected communist rebels attacked the police station in the coastal town of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, on Sunday, abducting the town police chief and wounding a policeman, authorities said on Monday. The attackers who swooped down on the police station arrived on board an Elf truck and two pickup trucks, immediately firing at the facility around 8 p.m., said Senior Supt. Harry Espela, Davao Oriental police chief. Espela said the rebels also abducted the town police chief, Chief Insp. Arnold Ongachen. Officers manning the station fought back but were overwhelmed as they ran out of ammunition, the police official said. A policeman, PO3 ...

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Pope Francis to retire like Benedict XVI?

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:17
VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy --- a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.   The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday "I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities."   The pope has previously said he envisioned a short papacy before going on "to the Father's house," but he has never specifically ruled out following in Benedict's footsteps. Benedict retired in 2013, the first pope to step down in 600 years.   The pope spoke at a Vatican gathering for the Scholas Occurentes global ed...

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Restoration work starts at Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher shrine

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:04
JERUSALEM --- A major restoration project has begun at the shrine inside Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus is said to have been buried before his resurrection.   An AFP photographer visiting the church on Sunday saw scaffolding going up and workers welding steel supports.   Church officials had said in March that work was to be carried out by a team of Greek specialists.   They said the project was expected to be completed in early 2017 and that the site would remain open to visitors in the meantime.   Workers in the church erected a steel canopy over the entrance to the tomb structure, to protect visitors from possible d...

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One-third of Barrier Reef corals are dead or dying — scientists

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:57
SYDNEY, Australia --- At least 35 percent of corals in the northern and central regions of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from a mass bleaching event, scientists said Monday.   The assessment was made following months of aerial and underwater surveys after the worst bleaching in recorded history first became evident in March as sea temperatures warm.   Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the James Cook University, said global warming was playing havoc with the World Heritage-listed site.   "We found on average, that 35 percent of the corals are now dead or dying on 84 reefs that we surveye...

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Being transgender: facts, myths and rights

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:49
WASHINGTON, United States --- Transgender people live under dramatically varying circumstances around the world -- often facing violent repression, but also conquering crucial new rights most notably in Europe and the United States.   There are few reliable statistics on the community, in part because many transgender people around the world are unable to come out. And there are sometimes misunderstandings of the complex and changing vocabulary involved.     Transgender people   According to a study published in 2011 by The Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank, an estimated 0.3 percent of the US population is transgender.There are no reliabl...

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‘Rocky’ actor Bellew wins boxing title, this time for real

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:01
LIVERPOOL, England, United Kingdom --- British boxer Tony Bellew turned a Hollywood fantasy into reality by becoming a world champion for the first time on Sunday.   The 33-year-old Bellew recovered from being sent to the canvas in the first round by knocking out Ilunga Makabu in the third round to win the WBC cruiserweight title. Bellew lost two world title attempts at light-heavyweight, against Nathan Cleverly in 2011 and Adonis Stevenson in 2013.   Bellew played the role of world champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan in "Creed," the seventh installment in the "Rocky" series that was released last year. The climax to the movie saw Bellew's character beat Adonis Johns...

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Djokovic on verge of $100 million breakthrough

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 09:52
PARIS, France --- World number one Novak Djokovic is poised to become the first man to win $100 million in prize money on Monday when he targets a place in the French Open quarter-finals for the 10th time.   Djokovic, chasing a first Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam, tackles Spain's 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.   The top seeded Serb has a 4-0 career lead over the 28-year-old Bautista Agut including a victory on clay in Madrid this season where the Spaniard won just three games.   Djokovic is also bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the 28th straight Grand Slam and take sole occupancy of second place ahead of Jimmy Connors fo...

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Parishioners hold last service at church after 11-year vigil

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 09:00
  SCITUATE, Massachusetts, United States --- For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church kept their beloved parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in a peaceful protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it.   On Sunday, the parishioners' efforts came to an end as they vacated the Scituate church many of them have attended for decades. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their final appeal, leaving them no choice but to end their fight.   The group held a final service Sunday, a "celebration of faith and transition," the paris...

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